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Did You Know the Town
Is Full of Junior Paulhans?
Plaintiff's Attorney Arrives in
Court Attended by Guard,
but Day Passes Quietly,
Mrs. Reed's Epigrams on Love
and Prayer to the Devil
Recited by Husband
Her Attitude on the Marriage
Question Illustrated During
Examination of Spouse
THERE \ra» no breeze upon the
fern nor ripply on the lake of
Judge Cabanlss* court yesterday
during the progress of the Reed divorce
cz.ee. There •were tears from Charles
TCesler Reed and epigrams retold from
Ethalyn Minnie Reoid. but there were no
fisticuffs. The woman's attorney, Jo-
F<*ph J. Dunne, appeared with a fresh
waietmat. a. policeman in uniform and
a plain clothes man, Detective Kelson.
But with all the armament there was
no vrar. and the snappiest feature of
the day was the wife's epigrams, re
peated by Reed.
Advice to Husband
At one time she advised her husband
".You should model your life on that
of great men. Read RusTdn'6 life and
see how he treated his wife when she
ceased to love him."
Then there were more pertinent epi
grams. . She said on one occasion:
"Opposition to divorce is a fetich."
Another time she said:
"'The only justification for a woman
to marry a man nowadays fs the ease
with .which she can get rid of him.
Marriaj?*? should be like a streetcar,
equipped .with a system of transfer*."
"That only illustrates her power of
epigram," said Reed in giving the quo
it did more than that — it illustrated
\u25a0 •
her attitude on the marriage question,
es exposed by Reed during a long day
:t the witness chair. Reed concluded
is direct examination and was under
rros* examination when court ad
lourned It was not definitely known
when the case would be resumed.
Pays Fine for Contempt
Keed' came into court shortly before
the case was called yesterday morning
?.n<l slipped ?50 in gold to Clerk James
Stevens, the penalty imposed by the
court for Heed's assault on Attorney
Dunne Thursday afternoon.
Ke took the stand promptly and was
put ucd>T examination by his counsel.
Attorney Shadbourne.
Reed's testimony -tarted with the
reading of a letter he had addressed to
his wife during their period of separa
tion. In it he hid said, "Home is the
only place for a wife and mother. Your
children need J'ou, no matter how you
feel toward me. Come back to them.
"iJid you mean that when you wrote
it?" asked •Jhadboyrns.
'•I meant it. ' replied Re-eA.
"Do you desire now that your w^f<» re
turn to you TV
•'I object to that," interposed Dunne,
and the question was not answered.
•What was the condition of your wife
at the time of your marriage?" asked
Shadbourne. enigmatically.
But the enigma was not to be solved.
Cabaniss sustained Dunne's objection
to the question.
Shocked by Wife's Letter
There was no trouble in the family,
the \u25a0witness testified, until 1906, when
he found a letter discussing vlivorce
on his desk in the house at 1465 Ma
sonic avenue.
She said in the letter that her hus
band did not love her. "She wanted
me to change, and if I did not change
to let her get a divorce,** said Reed.
"She was convinced that our tempera
ments were incompatible."
"The letter was a great shock to
me." continued the witness. "I did
not consent to' the idea. She insisted.
She said, 'Marry somebody else who
is more suited to you; who will go to
church with you. I'll marry somebody
more congenial.
A letter addressed by Mrs. ReeJ to
her husband as "My dear Charley Boy"
was read into the record-
Reed broke down and sobbed on the
stand while talking of his wife's over
tures for a divorce. "I told her that
there was nerer a divorce in my fam
ily, that divorce maJe the children un
loving and that statistics showed
that a large per cent of the children
of divorced parents were criminals.
" "You may not get a man you like
better.* I told her.*' said Reed.
"Then,' the wife replied. 'I'll divorce
him and marry a husband who loves
ir.e and whom I love.*".
Threatened Hell on Earth
"I loved her so that I would never
consent -to a divorce, and she said,
'Then it is war to the knife between
us. I*sl make your" life a hell on
earth.'" •
L<at*r in his testimony Reed pointed
out thnt three years after that threat
he told liss wife that she had succeeded
in "making life a hell on earth."
"You need not think that I can not
Ket along." Reed quoted his wife as
Continued ' on I'ajrc 2, Column 4
The San Francisco Call.
Not for general circulation. Paecft
Mr. Taft's disastrous alliance. Page 6
Uccle Jo« Cannon's last ditch. ' Page O
Mr. Schwcrln's hard worfcpd bluff. I'aKC 6
San Francisco has no time to lose. Page 6
Clearing bouse in tbc lead of the progresi of
Oakland.. ..-::~ l'^*? - f»u*»l
Oakland broVer tells of his success with home
tcllins scheme. Pa«e 14
Vlilaß oa the hills of Oakland invit* thousands
to restful home*. Page 13
Broker attribute* J5.000.000 In sales to adrer
tislng in newspapers. Page 13
Oakland a city of opportunities whose future
prosperity Is assured. face 1 >
Attractive offer made wage earners In School
street termee property. Page 14
Oakland chamber of commerce issues booklet
showing city's progress. • • Page 13
Oakland business section booming with many
skyscrapers soon to rise. Page 11
New ciTlc spirit insures progress of Oakland
and Its commercial Importance. ! Page 14
Merchants' association petitions for change, of
grades in Main street. Page 5
Properties in central retail district and other
parts of city transferred. Page 17
Cheap money aids building projects and many
high class structures planned. Page 17
Good work for betterments done by the ener
getic Mission promotion association. Page 5
Dazzling meteor cleaves dark sky on plunge
to »ea. t .'; Page 1
This is tag day. so hare your dimes ready for
charity. Page 23
Work on Pullman shops to begin within next
30 days. Page 3
Loot from hotel worth $2,o<V> found in room of
negro porter. Page 3
Attorney Reed, in tears, tells how liiswife
demanded a divorce. Page 1
Alleged offer of bribe to witness ia murder
trial leads to arrest. Page 22
Federal census may glre California five more
members In congress. Huge 10
Nephew of Raphael WeiU loses rraper made
with an artist friend. Page 3
Enthusiasm at the opening day of the laymen's
missionary conrention. Page 3
Anti-Tubercnlo»is society asks mayor to veto
new building ordinance. Page ltf
Judge Ellison of Tehama county to try Geary
street railroad bond case. l'age itf
Woman accuses husband and his brother of
plot to deprive her of home. fa Kc ij
Boxing boot fatal to private soldier, who was
knocked out in second round. Page 1
Chinese win fight to have testimony taken at
Angel Mend, but lose' witnesses. ~ . Page 10
Popular girl Is claimed as bride at pretty
ceremony. . \u25a0 Page 16
. Alameda excited over toy • airship which flies
over the city. Page 4
Father testifies against son accused of forging
name: to' checks. ' Page 15
Effort nnder way to have Dimond canyon made
a beautiful city park. - Page 16
"Knee Pants Kid" who fleeced bankers is
caught In Los Angeles. - Page 10
Girl, aged 13 years, while grieving for dead
mother commits suicide. Page 22
Constable denies p«rjury 4 ln tong war case, bat
will face formal charge. Page 15
Kentucky police after fugitive who deserted
bis grandmother affinity. Pajie 15
Property owners discussing the paving of East
Fourteenth street, Oakland. Page 15
At least 2.000 graduates to take part in golden
jubilee of California college. Page 1(1
Sheriff of Marln county involves officials' with
fake poolroom*. Puge r IG
Laborer demands share of $700,000 as son of
wealthy Ma**achusetts man. Page 4
President Wbeeler says he found the kaiser to
be a "live wire." Page -I
All night fight In house results In draw, n-ith
allies' racks solid. Page 1
Corporation tax submitted to supreme court to
decide constitutionality. Page 3
President Taft and governor general of Canada
to meet In Albany, N. I. l'nge 'Z
Senator. Cummins wants railroad bill to pre
vent combine with steamship lines. Page 3
German emperor cuts short vacation to wel
come Koosevclt.. Page 4
Heads of 10 Japanese soldiers carried away by
Foriuor-ans after raid on garrteuu. Page 22
Five long shots win and npset the wise birds
a* Emeryville. »-M.;r s
] Baby So.* Kcore lone tally and down SViiis In
"plcntfid exhibition. i'rtcr :>
Women's doubles on Golden Gate park courts
down to semifinals. ' I'aur \u25a0•
California and Stanford clash today In fifth
Intercollegiate n/feet. y;>- I'nrt-ii
State and Coast league teams to clash today
at Oakland grounds. . . r-»._. ..
San Jose loses to Portland, 6 to 3, on poor
work in the outfield. Page 9
Rival banking chapters ready for ball game ' m".
Oakland this afternoon.' >*ngr •»
Governor Hughes of New York alms drastic
blow at oral book makers. I'ujt'e »>
Southwestern and Coronado teams will open
Coronado polo" tournament. . ' t'nuri
Sam Langford to ' take on* Jim Bai4-y" before
Uncle Tom McCarey's club. I'mk*- ti
Stanford Junior day celebrated with varied
program' of athletic events. - Page j*
Aeolian yacWcluh challenges Corinthians for
perpetual challenge cup race. ' Pages
Frankte Burn* knocks nut Billy - Suailhani in
the first round at Dreamland. Page tf
Authorities believe mi-sins football, "star's
"blank" mind Is only feigned. 'PageS
Alfred de Oro wins ISO point match . from
George Kennedy," local expert. . '.*. Page 9
Polytechnic bests Mission high school 2 to . 1
fn |>!U-b?r** battle on the diamond. Page tl
Japanese' boy uses captain's cabin ns " hirlinc
place for contraband. s Page T
NEW* YORK, Ma rc n 1 8.— A new,ap
praisalof the estate of the late. 'Mrs;
Caroline "W. Astor, for .many, years
leader of the. "four hundred,",, was or
dered by the" appellate division of the
supreme court ; this ; afternoon. l:-^l\z:'
Mrs." Astor ; 'died in 190$. "A prior
appraisal valued the- estate at $i; 631
,-236 net; : \u0084 . :• \u25a0 - ":'**"*
-The -surrogate refused to accept the
report* on -the? ground that experts had
not. been called ;ln . to pass on the;paint
ings; and tapestries, rugs.^etc.v and'that
two; jewelry 'flrtis had' not -submitted
their 1 valuation, 'of .; the \ silver* ware land
jewelry/ 1 * 1 proper,. a-Hdavit ,*fornf .'. ~'Jl .
Confidence Men Have Their Den
Within 100 Yards of Po
lice Headquarters
Bungling of Member of Gang
Puts Evidence in Hands of
Call Reporter
Caesar AttelFs Pawnshop Ap
pears to Be Haunt of Well
Known Offenders
ESTABLISHED within 100 yards of
the Hall of Justice and conducted
with the brazen effrontery affect
ed by criminals apparently conscious of
their safety, 'fs the headquarters of a
gang of swindlers who, during the last
two months, through the medium of
suprious pawn tickets have plied their
trade of "separating" the gullible in
dividual from his money. With a fine
disregard of the proximity of whole
platoons of police, hard looking men
whose faces grace many rogues gal
leries have gone forth daily from the
loan office conducted by Caesar Attel at
176 Eddy street to reap the harvest of
"easy coin," and not until last night has
their freedom from prosecution ever
been seriously threatened.
The Call Secures Proof
Even last night the' worry of the
yeggmen and swindlens did not arise
from fear of police vigilance, but from
the. knowledge thsit one of their num
ber had bungled the job * : and placed in
the hands of representatives of The
Call documentary -proof that the so
called loan : office which constituted
their rendezvous was nothing more
than a den into which the dupe, baited
with the prospect of big returns for a
small investment, was. led ' for the
Following rapidly, on the. heels of
the bungling ob of a member, who has
traveled under man yaliases. last-nfght
were brought to ' light facts which
proved that through the activityjof the
gang during the last two : months;s*ev
eral thousand dollars have been poured
Into the coffers of Caesar Attell and his
partner while the swindlers for their
troubles have been given a small per
centage of the loot and have been in
sured against confinement in the city
prison. Some of those who had been
swindled andgivencheap jewelry in
stead of expected ; -precious stones
wailed their grievance/ to the wide
world, while others, fearful of being
ridiculed for their credulity, swallowed
their, complaints.
Scheme of Swindlers
This latest scheme whereby unsus
pecting individuals have been fleeced
is based on the issuance of a pawn
ticket calling for a loan of three times
the value of the "fake" pledged arti
cle. The ticket is- sold, for a ridicu
lously low amount'on the plea that the
holder is in desperate straits. The
dupe buys the document, goes to the
pawn office, pays the principal and in
terest called for and ' then receives a
piece "of jewelry which i^ part of a
big consignment purchased by the
pawn brokers for use in the swindling
• The particular- ticket* which was yes
terday placed in the hands .of a re
porter of The Call staff carried the
serial' number "1208" and purported to
have been issued February 27, " 1910.
The description .of the ' property was
"diamond ring," and the amount stated
to have been loaned on the- pledge $25.
The interest called for was $1.50 a
month. The name of : the, pledger,
which was one. of the many aliases of
the man who represented the Caesar
Attell loan office, was ; "Clay \ Haw
Story Told by Swindler
His countenance stamped with the
usual traces of the: swindler, ami his
furtive manner- indicating \u25a0 his. < voca
tion, \u25a0 Hawthorn was a typical repre
sentative. Wearing: in*. his- coat -lapel
an emblem of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, to which he latear ad
mitted he had never belonged, he was
ready to ply nig trade, his stock plea
being' that .he was a ; stranger in the
city, embarrassed and re
duced; to the extremity 'of "disposing, of
a pawn ticket fo,ra diamond
ring. of • his straitened cira
cumstances he. was willing to sell the
ticket for $4 cash. '-'- ~\ ' ;
. The, well known propensity of pawn
brokers to lend never more . than a
small percentage of: the :value r of an
article ..would raise the natural infer
ence that the ring pledged was: worth
at .least $75,. and to confirm the infer
ence^ Hawthorn -" admitted sorrowfully
that he had originally paid $Ssfor?lhe"
gem.-. *'',-- .' . : .\u25a0".'.. '\u25a0{ \u25a0
.--Doubt as to the_ genuineness of the
ticket, induced Hawthorn to lead the
reporter directly, to the offices v flf At
tell," where. Aaron Crocker, silent part
ner of the 'firm,: took up. his part in the
game of "skinning the goat." ..:\u25a0'.:\u25a0.>
Reporters' Request Refused :
1 nt roduced as 1a \u25a0 "friend \u25a0\u25a0 who was,go
ing to ' take up the; loan on the , ring,"
the reporter requested that he ; be; al
lowed to examine^ the article;" before
paying the $26.50 calied -for X.on the
ticket. and the- $4 additional; to be foaid
Hawthorn:/ .",•- \u25a0 .:'..'.-• ;-J;'"* ; ,v ; -' '.;,;.•,. -\':lr\.:;;-'^l
On a Sea of Trouble
Wags • Brilliant Tail in Face of
Constellations During Its
Plunge Toward Sea
Over the top of San Francisco a me
teor passed last evening about- 9:30
o'clock, traveling from a northerly to
a southwesterly direction. None of the
astronomers at either the students' ob
servatory, Berkeley, or the Chabot ob
servatory, Oakland, saw the apparition)
for It was "cloudy- and -the star gazers
were taking a night off.
But the people out in Fillmore' street
and the employes of the Merchants* ex
change; both on'the top of the Califor
nia street " building and ' at Meiggs
wharf, and. many others witnessed the
flight. They thought it was Halley's
comet taking a short cut back to its
orbit after a romp with the Great Bear.
Ernest Raynard. an employe of the
Merchants' exchange at Meiggs wharf,
hnd a close look at the visitor and he
was able to describe , the kind, of hat
It wore. \
Vl t was about 9:30." said Ernest,
"and I t was standing on the edge of
Meiggs wharf looking; over the bay,
when suddenly out of the north came
this meteor, racing down the' line like
Barney pidfleld. . It.was about over, the
top of Angel island when I first saw it;
It was shooting out sparks like an oil
burner and was; red. and yellow,; with
a little tail behind wagging in the face
of the constellations toward the north.
It was brilliant, dazzling. I watched
it ."as long as it .was in sight. It was
not the common, "ordinary kind of
shooting star that-.a. fellow will . see
any. old night, but was a special '.va
riety of meteor. -The last I; saw, of it
it was /heading off toward the Faral
loneslike-a flash.". ; -
, No report was received last night ns
to \u25a0\u25a0 where 'the meteor landed.. -It is
thought .to have fallen into' the ocean.
Wealthy Atari; Remembers Noth
v irig of Midnight Marriage'
ST. LOUIS, March IS.— Pleading, that
his 'subconscious self" was in control
arid • that ./His" real self- was unaware of
liis acts,. Charles: R."Drummond. f mem
ber of vl wealthy St." Louis • family, de
clared on oath 'today that he had- no
remembrance of ;' his . second marriage,
which took 'p'lace.atlClaj'toh January 25
ia§t, . ! jVst",four weeks^- after his : first
"wife "had obtained* a 'divorce \ there. '
\ CliarfWtt^e J. Bent.a rninister's'daugh-'
ter, l was l', the " bride .'in the midnight
: ceremony. ._.., : \u25a0 ;,/.. j, s . -.-.., •.-'.;. -t;
Drummond'R "-.rerrtarkablev. statement 1
first , wifel ; Mrs. Maud rHingen^Drum't
mono",' whom he accused -of ; cqritempt^of
court ilh"refusing^topeVrnit",him i 'to .visit'
their: three children., . ' . .' \ :
Property :\Vorth $3,000,000 Is
. Involved in Deal With "\u25a0
. Reports that a big lumber syndicate
involving the control and exploitation
of California timber lands worth $3,000,
000 > is i'forming in : thel east were, con
firmed. -yesterday, by. several. ..local men
who have intimate personal knowledge
of the^ plans, of the promoters. . \u25a0
Whether the plans for the formation
of the new timber company have been
perfected is unknown lfere, as no word
has- been received concerning the- re
sult of a conference held by the prin
cipal backers of. the company in Chi
cago Tuesday. Those most deeply in
terested in the deal are Joseph Hotch
kiss. owner of, large _ timber tracts in
this state; Hoy Pike, well known club
man of this city, and Archibald White,
a New York banker. • \u25a0
Hotchkiss left San. Francisco several
days ago to attend the Chicago confer
ence, where he was to meet Pike, White
and others. 'who. will be interestd in the
deal. - Pike has been east ; for some time
with headquarters at- the .GregbrianTln^-
New,,- York city and, is understood: to
rrave engineered the scheme' to : the ex
tent of securing strong eastern financial
backing. /\u25a0
l L t Although the - details \u25a0of the syndi
cate's plans have not been divulged, 'it
isV understood that the company, now
being- formed is \u25a0to take over all the
holdings of Hotchkiss, but that he will
retain a large interest in the new con
cern. The lands which .will come under
control of "the" syndicate include some
of the most valuable timber tracts in
the Sierra^ and the plans contemplate
the exploitation of these lands -by. the
most modern methods. . •-
It- is. said that - arrangements have
been 'made in;behalf of - the, new syndi
cate I for', the "shipment of large quanti
ties :of. lumber- as soon as: mills can be
built and put: into operation, and that
'the'opening ;,up; of : some, of .the 'tracts
will, necessitate' the building of many
miles of -railroads. ;Pike, :it is 'stated,
will 'have: a • good deal :itb^do ; with;; the
active" management", of; the concern; and;
possibly one " or .two,' eastern - men will
come : to the coast -to: look after the in
terests 6f. the eastern investors. •
' f.*lf ; the .'formation j of : the 'concern l- was
complete -in. Chicago .this : . week",- as,
; at -the time *Hotchkiss left San
Francisco.'' the preliminary
"of forganjzation : will ;be : rushed through
as 'speedi ly as : possible > and "offices ; will
be opened ; in j this city ;'aj short
'tinie^;,'^-:; '-•„: ys^'o\,' r:^l -\':- ".- '.'-.'
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A* inwm. temperature, bO^mtnimtun, jI.
FOkE£J4ST-'F6R-. "XODA V— Unsettled
weather vtiffTshowers; brisk south winds.
Private Knocked Down Uncon
scious in Second Round
Dies From Hemorrhage ;
John V. Heflin, private so' dJer, Tenth
company, cuast artillery, V.'S-'^A-. win
ner of "_'O boxing matches, ''liea \!eatl«at
the Presidio morgue, the victim of hi 3
twenty-first encounter.
Hefiln and Private. Willis Elder.
Thirty-second company. . coa^t- artillery,
met in what was to have been a six
round encounter •fn .the gymnasium at
Fort Baker March 10. Heflin had the
best of it in the first round, but In
the second round . he was knocked to
his knees unconscious. He died yes
terday from hemorrhage .of the 'brain.
Elder has- been ordered into custody
by Major .John "W.\ Ruckman, *.- com
mandant at Fort Baker. Lieutenant C.
D. Meyer was in charge of the bout.
Boxing contest? are regular, parts of
the athletic program at all military
posts'in the .country \u25a0 and Heflin was
considered - a particularly fit man for
the contest he'entered. - '.*,»"- r-.
"Before, entering. the ring he was ex
amined by Captain William H.- Teff t of
the medical corps at Fort" Baker:
- "I -found him' to -be^sound and to
enter the ring,"* said the" surgeon. "But
In the. second round of .the fight he
w-as knocked to 'his t knees.- • He tried to
gef up, hut fell over unconscious. He
remained that wayfor 30 seconds. He
was removed ;to the post hospital,
where he was 'dopey', all night; but', he
seemed to improve until Sunday,- when
he -was removed to- the Presidio hospi
tal."' ';i.r- -"" ." .' .'• . . ;- -••".- .-\u25a0 ' .
. KThere- were 20 officers "and a large
number of": men -from" Fort Baker and
Fort Barry at" the .fight. * The contest
ants: 'were- good.- friends- and popular
athletes, and Heflin was considered the
best boxer in ; the - Marin shore army
\u25a0/;Major. : Ruckman said* yesterday that
ho j attempt /had been made to. keep .'the
report of *the fight-and the illness of
Heflin secret.
"There has been no attempt made. to
keep it: quieC said thel commandant,
,'andinow we are to : have afail lnves
tiga'tioVi.^l ? am";- holding Private :Willls
Elder.'^who foughttHeflin, in. custody. '
, / "Both men, were . considered ; good
boxers. "Heflin, since the '.has;, been: at
the"post, has;been in* some l'lb -matches
and ". was a winner i n'_every_ one. . i I was
greatly surprised today, when I -heard
that he had died. I was not- present 'at
the; match." / ; - ' -
;The re'mainsof Private Heflin, will be
shipped^ to ?his rhome in -; Kansas .City.
Mo. "He was 23 -years'of : age -and' had
been in : the service' 18 months. . *• v .
Greatest Parliamentary Battle
in History of the House of
Representatives Results
in a Virtual Draw
Final Test of Strength on Mo
tion to Shear Speaker of
of His Power Postponed j
Until Noon Today
WASHINGTON, March IS.— After
the greatest parliamentary
struggle in the history of the
house of representatives an adjourn
ment^ was taken at 4:47 o'clock this
afternoon. And the end Is not yet In
sight, for the result is nothing more
nor less than a drawn battle. Canr
non's scalp is the prize, and the strag
gling gray locks of the speaker are. in
imminent danger of the insurgents*
shears. Throughout the day the hon3e
! resembled a battle ground, and victory
seemed to hover over either faction at
times. The insurgent-democratic coal
ition seemed to solidify as the battle
! raged, and held firm despite the ef
forts of the "regular"* whips to cause
a breach in the ranks. .
Delay Is Agreed To
When the final roll call came 164
republicans voted to postpone further
action on the Xorris amendment until
tomorrow and 150 democrats and in
surgent republicans voted to continue.
With the regular republicans voted
14 of the insurgent following of Norris
of Nebraska, who left him and sided
with the majority for a postponement.
The result, they said, conveyed no sig
nificance and did not mean that they
had deserted the insurgent cause.
The lull in the long battle appar
ently was welcomed by both side 3,
although there was not a cheer of
victory from either. When the speaker
put the motion to adjourn a general
chorus of ayes came from the repub
lican siiie. The democrats . made no
protest and there was no answer to the
call for noes. „.,. ,
Almost Full Membership
The house, for the first time in the
present session, had almost its fu'.l
membership on the floor. When the
gavel fell the members rose wearily
from their seats anJ filed out thronsh:
the littered aisles. In five minutes tha
scene of the record breaking endurance
struggle was cleared of its' 4oo prin
cipals, the galleries were emptied of
the hundreds of spectators •\u25a0 who occu
pied them, constantly for nearly-29
hours, and only a score of janitors
moved about, cleaning up the eviden?e3
of the fray. ' _"*' " ''
. No such series of scenes have been
witnessed in congress in recent years"
' The performance embraced every ele
ment from the serio tragic effort*' to
wrest from, the speaker , the chief
source of his power, to the songs, jokes
and • jests that the" members bandied
during the long, hours of Vigil.-i-At
j ways there wa» the bone of contention
between the two opposing sides," over
which they: fought and' wrangled
fiercely, but for hours at . a time the
scene took on the aspect of a comic
\ opera and laughter and applause ruled
the 'house.
Meaning of Armistice
What of the result? The unusual
and almost inexplicable ending caused
a thousand . questions on the meaning
iof the armistice. Did it m«»an that tb©
] regulars had won over enough Insur
gents to obtain a trace In the'-flg+if
and time enough to rally their forces
and form some new plan of action?.
Or were both -sides .weary to the limit
of physical exhaustion and glad of an
opportunity to defer the final struggle
for a few_ hours and give all a chance
to freshen themselves for it?
"We have lost nothing.*" said Repre
sentative Norris.^J "This postponement
means nothing more than that we^bar^
deferred consideration of my resolution
until tomorrow. The issue is not af
fected at all and the insurgents stand
as solidly, and unbroken now as they
stood 24 hours ago." \u25a0_ ..; ,
Worn and haggard. hl3 unshaven
face drawn and pale, and. his eyes red
and swollen ' from loss of sleep, the
leader < of . the little band of insurgents
that: has held the balance of power_ln
the house through one of th© "most
dramatic periods in its history, mart*
this declaration immediately after ibM

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